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President's Letter - May/June 2010

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

As we enter the new era of Saab, your club board members continue to prepare for the next Saab Owners Convention which will be held 22-27 July in Aurora, Ohio. The convention site is The Bertram Inn and Conference Center. You can make reservations there by calling (330) 995-0200 and requesting the special rate for the Saab Club of North America Owners’ Convention.

The new SOC website has details of the event and registration. This year’s planning has been a little more difficult than usual given that the level of sponsorships is still unknown at the time I am writing this. Nevertheless, we have attempted to keep prices as low as possible to maximize the ability of members to attend with their families. Having the convention in July was done to allow more families to participate while the kids are out of school.

We are hoping that member’s who have made requests for track events will be signing up for the Thursday track day. Stephen Goldberger provided the following info for participants: "We will be generally following the 'FunDays' rules. Specific differences involve convertibles, where the 'pop-up' roll bars of the '04 and later CVs will allow them to run. Earlier CVs will require a roll cage. There will be a tech inspection where wheel lug torque and general vehicle condition will be assessed (battery hold down in place, fluids at proper levels and not overtly disgusting, tires not cracking, bulged, or cords showing, adequate tread depth if track is wet, no loose items in passenger compartment). Participants will be divided into groups based on vehicle performance and driver experience."

John Moss has graciously agreed to do a seminar and of course host the charity auction.

Our speakers for Friday evening are; Willy Hopkins and Curvin O'Reilly. You can read about Willy and his affiliation with Bob Sinclair and Saab by clicking here. Willy provided Stephen the following on their presentation. "I would suggest a Key note address along the lines of The Once and Future Saab. The focus would be on Saab advertising and marketing from about 1980 to the present. A secondary focus would be on Bob Sinclair, what he did, what worked, and why. The conclusion would be that there is very little difference between the market Saab faced in 1980 and the one it faces today. Saab's virtues have come back into fashion, and with a little care and feeding, there is no reason why the Saab brand cannot get back to where Mr. Sinclair left it. I would then like to turn the microphone over to Curvin O'Reilly, who wrote the original line 'The most intelligent cars ever built,' to talk a bit about advertising as grenade throwing, and how Saab might again use a small budget to get big results."

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you at the SOC as possible. Continue to check the websites for updates as we get closer to SOC Week!

Ian Glenday
President, SCNA

 
President's Letter - March/April 2010

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

From all of us at the Saab Club of North America, thank you Victor Muller and Spyker Cars for persevering and Saving Saab. We are also very grateful for the work of Jan Ake Jonsson and his team in Trollhattan who have been performing miracles behind the scenes. Thank you all very much! What kept my interest and hopes up were the news releases that cars were rolling down the assembly lines. It was a very positive sign. To all our members and other Saab aficionados throughout the World who participated in Save Saab activities – thanks much! To Steve Wade and Ryan Emge kudos for a wonderful job in rallying the faithful; and, keeping us informed!

How can we help now? We can be the glue that gets Saab sales back where they belong. Those who can must contact their dealer and order a new Saab. If we don’t, the efforts of these great folks will have been for naught. The dealers, suppliers and Saab employees have been through very tough times. Don’t let them down, get behind them now and show your appreciation! Thanks.

Planning is under way for the 2010 Saab Owners Convention to be held 22-25 July in Aurora, Ohio. The convention site is The Bertram Inn and Conference Center. You can make reservations there by calling (330) 995-0200 and requesting the special rate for the Saab Club of North America Owners’ Convention.

While Saab is restructuring in the US, we are maintaining contact to ensure they can participate at SOC10 as much as their new plans allow while they get things back on track. Victor has been invited to support SOC10 so we are ever hopeful that they will do whatever they can to keep their loyal supporters informed and share new vehicle plans including the cars if possible. I am reminded of the North American roll out of the first 9-5’s at the Waterville Valley, New Hampshire SOC in 1997. That was a great event supported by SAAB Cars USA and was one of the highest attended SOC’s ever!!! Can we hope for anything less?

As I said previously, I have received offers of assistance with SOC10. All offers are welcome as we can always use help with activities on the ground at the SOC. You can , or other Board members if you would like to assist.

Ian Glenday
President, SCNA

 
President's Letter - January/February 2010

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

It seems that each time I start to write this newsletter in recent times that the information on the sale of Saab is either good or bad. We have all our fingers crossed that Saab will survive. I have been asked several times if the Saab Owners’ Convention (SOC) will go on in 2010 without Saab. I can assure everyone that it will and hopefully the situation will be resolved and it will be with them.

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November/December 2009

SCNA News November/December 2009

President's Letter

Saturday, June 21, 1980 was the longest day of the year 1980 in the Northern Hemisphere. It was also the date of inaugural "Longest Day at Nelson Ledges" 24 hour race. The country was still in the throes of its second oil crisis, brought about by the Iranian Revolution and subsequent Iran-Iraq war. The sports cars of the day included the Porsche 924, Mazda RX7, and BMW 320, but at the end of the Longest Day, a Saab 900 Turbo was at the head of the pack.

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